Remembering Our Dead: January 2018

Every year on or around 20th November people worldwide gather for the Transgender day of Remembrance to to remember the trans people we have lost to murder and violence in the past year, as reported by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project and published by Transgender Europe (TGEU).

The following are details of the trans people known to have been killed worldwide during January 2018.

I’ve also included details of those known lost to suicide where known, though most suicides tend to be unreported.


<< December 2017

Fany Diniz
Age 30
3 Jan 2018
Belém, Pará (Brazil)

Fany was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle at around 9 pm on Riachuelo Street in the Campina neighborhood of Belém. 3 days earlier another trans woman, Silvia Gomes Marques, had been killed at the same spot. Her murder was also attributed to two murderers on a motorcycle.

Name Unknown
4 Jan 2018
Brasília, Federal District (Brazil)

The victim was one of two people tied up and stabbed by two men who broke into her apartment. The other person survived and was transferred to hospital but the victim died at the scene.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien
Age 42
5 Jan 2018
North Adams, Massachusetts (USA)
Beaten and stabbed

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien [photo:]

Christa was found dead at her home by police on the evening of 5th January. Her husband has confessed to striking her with a hammer and stabbing her with a knife, reportedly saying that he had “snapped” and done “something very bad” when interviewed by the police.

Christa was well known in the local trans community and produced the Miss Trans New England pageant.

C. Sobral
Age 19
5 Jan 2018
Feira de Santana, Bahia (Brazil)

C. was shot. No other information is known.

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I. Y.
Age 26
6 Jan 2018
Gökçebey, Zonguldak (Turkey)

I. Y. [photo:]

I. Y. was shot by an unidentified assailant on the night of 5th December. She was taken to hospital but died in the intensive care unit a month later.

According to witnesses she worked in a casino and her killer argued with her before he shot her.

Kagiso Ishmael Maema (“Ousi Kagiso”)
Age 25
6 Jan 2018
Seraleng (South Africa)

Kagiso Ishmael Maema (“Ousi Kagiso”)

Ousi Kagiso’s body was found dumped half naked in a stream on 6th January. She was partially covered with plastic and had wounds on her head and arm, which appeared to have been caused by an axe. It is also suspected that she was strangled.

The previous evening she had been seen in a bar in the company of a man.

V. Peixoto
Age 30
9 Jan 2018
Piripiri (Brazil)

V. Peixoto [photo:]

V. was beaten to death. Although the original news reports described her as a man, a local support organisation confirmed that she was trans and that they had worked with her in the past.

Viccky Gutierrez
Age 33
10 Jan 2018
Los Angeles, California (USA)

Viccky Gutierrez [photo:]

Viccky’s body was found burned in her apartment in the early hours of 10th January. Reports suggest that there was a smell of gasoline inside the property, and was speculated that she was killed before the fire was started.

On 17th January Kevyn Ramírez, 29, was arrested on charges of murder, arson and attempted theft. According to investigators, the suspect met the victim online. Then, on 10th January, he stabbed her to death, before setting fire to her home. According to the prosecution, the suspect admitted stabbing her.

Lourdes Reinoso
Age 30
14 Jan 2018
Rio Nio, Tucuman (Argentina)

Lourdes Reinoso [photo:]

Lourdes Reinoso and her 80 year old great aunt Francisca Ofelia Palacio were attacked with a knife allegedly by Lourdes’ ex-partner. Both died from their injuries.

Lourdes had moved back to Rio Nio (the town of her birth) to escape her abusive ex-partner. He allegedly travelled there in order to attack her.

Jessica González
16 Jan 2018
Córdoba, Veracruz (Mexico)
Cause of death not reported

Jessica González [photo:]

Jessica was a sex worker in Córdoba, Veracruz (Mexico). She was found dead on Tuesday 16th January 2018 two weeks after going missing.

Name Unknown
18 Jan 2018
Coetzala, Veracruz (Mexico)
Cause of death not reported

The decomposing body of an unidentified trans woman was found on 18 Jan 2018 at the bottom of a ravine on the edge of the Coetazala-Naranjal road.

Name Unknown
20 Jan 2018
Concordia do Pará, Pará (Brazil)

Name Unknown [photo:]

The victim was found dead in an abandoned residence in the city of Concordia do Pará. She was naked and her face had been beaten.

Emilly Fogaça
Age 21
21 Jan 2018
Florianopolis (Brazil)

Emilly Fogaça [photo: Facebook[

Emily went missing on 21st January after going to the beach with colleagues. She was last seen at a bar in the company of a man.

Her body was found in an advanced state of decomposition on 1st February. Initial indications were that she had drowned. It is not known whether her death was accidental or the result of foul play.

Her Facebook profile is

Chelsy/Cristal Grisales Molina
Age 32
24 Jan 2018
La Virginia (Columbia)

Chelsy was shot in her living room by a gunman who invaded her house.

Cristal was originally from the municipality of Marseille, and a graduate of the Agricultural Institute. She had transitioned at 18 and although she lived alone had visited her family regularly.

Name Unknown
26 Jan 2018
Cancún (Mexico)

The victim was shot while inside a hairdressers by an unidentified assailant outside the building. Her identity is unknown.

Rios Dayane Macklarenn
Age 31
26 Jan 2018
São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo (Brazil)

Rios Dayane Macklarenn [photo: Facebook]

Rios’s body was found with stab wounds and in an advanced state of decomposition near the Ferrazópolis terminal in São Bernardo do Campo on 26th January. She had been missing since 7th January.

Her Facebook profile is

A friend lamented her death:

Silvana Pineda
Age 34
27 Jan 2018
La Dorada, Caldas (Colombia)

Silvana Pineda [photo:]

Silvana was was walking along Marlboro Avenue in the La Concordia neighborhood of La Dorada when she was shot from behind by two assassins on a motorbike. One bullet hit her in the head and three in her back. She died at the scene.

Vicky Julieth Alvarado
Age 22
28 Jan 2018
El Tocuyo (Venezuela)
Beaten and stabbed

Vicky was beaten and stabbed with a broken bottle in the early hours of Sunday 28th January in El Tocuyo, Venezuela.

She was 22, and had transitioned at 17.

Samira de Alcantara
Age 25
29 Jan 2018
Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Aracaju, Sergipe (Brazil)
Tortured and stabbed

Samira’s body was found attached to the wires of a fence on a side road near a motel located in the Conjunto dos Faróis in Nossa Senhora do Socorro with signs of torture and stab wounds.

CCTV recorded that she had been pursued by her killers and bumped into the fence where her body was found entangled. She was killed with machete blows to her head and one of her legs.

With thanks to the many volunteers reporting acts of violence against trans people worldwide, and in particular to Transgender Europe and the members of the Trans Violence News Facebook group.

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